I have been using genuine Epson ink cartridges for this printer. The cheapest source being atlex.com.
Since I know many of you own the R300 and the R200, have any of you found aftermarket inks that are of equal quality?
Hey John, I found this to be a great deal. I made a bit of a fool of myself here a month or so ago announcing that they were OEM and fortunately someone pointed out my mistake; however they've been working flawlessy so far.
I use aftermarket ink (bought in bulk) for my daily-use Canon office inkjet printer, but have stayed with official Epson ink for the C80 printer that I use for labels, photographs, and such. Of course in this case, the C80 uses pigment inks, which are probably very difficult to replicate by the aftermarket ink vendors.
Do a Google search on Wilhelm Imaging. They are a firm that specializes in ink testing. The conclusions from their reports are that aftermarket inks are probably not going to ruin your printer, but the color gamut will be crap and they will fade very quickly. They say the best bet for permanence is to use a vendor's official ink AND that vendor's official paper. Something about the paper that "fixes" the ink and it won't fade for many years.
But that leaves the issue of printing on DVD blanks. Just what is that white surface? Paper? If so, what kind of paper? My conclusion is that I'll stick (pun) with my labels until this whole thing gets sorted out...
I had a thread posted here titled ' Reviews on the Epson R-200 DVD/CD printer and I copied this from there. It was just after my last post about "Krylon". :
No one in this thread has mentioned whether the r200 inkjet cartridges have a chip on them as most Epson printers now have. If they do have a chip--which prevents one from using cheaper cartridges, there is a device out on the market that re-sets the chip on a used cartridge, making the printer think its a new cartridge. I've saved countless dollars using this re-setter. Then I refil my used cartridge using a black/color set which sells for $24.95 and from which you cana get about 5 or six fillings. I got my chip re-setter from an outfit in Russia. They run about $15-$18. Put "Epson chip re-setter" in your search engine.
It was I who posted the thing about chip-setters. I feel I must ad that you cannot use old cartridges indefinately. I get about four usages from each cartridge. Be sure to put a piece of tape over the nozzle when you change the ink. And cover up the hole on top where you filled it. Screw Epson.